Rapid test compulsory for passengers entering Greece from the UK and UAE

Rapid test compulsory for passengers entering Greece from the UK and UAE
Rapid test compulsory for passengers entering Greece from the UK and UAE

Greek airports have begun compulsory testing on arrival for passengers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK).

On Monday, the Greek Civil Aviation Service (CAS) announced that the rapid arrival test is required from 22 February to Monday 8 March 2021.

CAS said that the NOTAM on the two countries is supplementary to that it issued on Sunday which restricts entry to Greece of nationals from non-EU and non-Schengen countries, with exceptions that include the two countries above.

Greece extends travel lockdown till March 8

Seven (7) days quarantine on all arrivals from abroad: All passengers entering our country from any foreign country, including the Member States of the European Union, are subject to mandatory precautionary restrictions at home or at the place of temporary residence stated on the PLF form, for seven (7) days, unless they remain in Greece for a shorter period of time, in which case the temporary restriction is valid for this period of time, ie until their departure.

UK 7-day quarantine and new PCR test in order to have it lifted: Especially for incoming passengers from the UK in order to be quarantined they will have to undergo a new PCR test when the 7-day period is completed.

PLF form for passengers

Travellers entering Greece must also present a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours, upon arrival. At the same time, passengers also need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least a day before arrival, providing information that will include their departure airport, the address where they will be staying and the expected duration of their stay in Greece, among others.

It is also mandatory to complete the PLF form for passengers of foreign flights who are permanent residents of Greece and depart from the airports of the country.

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority stressed that before accepting passengers for boarding, airlines must check:

  • the PLF submission confirmation at least the day before the flight, which is a mandatory travel document
  • the correspondence with the QR code and the PLF

Airlines that do not comply with this control obligation will be responsible for the repatriation of passengers at the expense of the company.

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GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.